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June 10, 2003

Samson Amp - Crackly Speaker

Over the last three or four months, I've become increasingly frustrated with the previously fab Samson Servo 260 amp in my studio. Speakers would cut out at random, and would only come back on when I turned the amp off and on again, or turned it up to full volume.

I took some advice from the usually spot-on Simon and spent a pleasant two hours reflowing the solder on the circuit board in the hope of finding the dry joint...but to no avail. So I was left, in my unemployed state, with no option but to put up with it. Until now...

As my financial position has now taken a slight turn for the better, I thought I'd finally get it sorted out. So I rang the lovely man at Sound Technology, their UK distributors who said:

Ahhhhh, that'll be the relay that disconnects the speakers while it's powering up. The terminals get corroded after a few years, but turning it up full means something arcs and it clears the corrosion - but only briefly. So turn it off, take the cover off, move the wires out of the way, and give the black box just by the transformer a firm bash with something insulating like the handle of a screwdriver, and it'll have another few months in it. Or I can send you a new relay for 8 quid.

And he was right. This is what is known as service and support.

And I'm going to buy the relay anyway now, just in case.

Posted by Tom Dolan at June 10, 2003 09:36 PM

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